Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis (LP)

$ 18.99


Release Date: 01/15/21

1 Bonus Track! (original Alternative Cover)

By the early forties, Ella was already a well-known star. Although both Ella
and Louis had probably met and performed together previously, they wouldn't be heard on
record together until January 18, 1946, when they waxed a single 78 rpm disc coupling 'The
Frim Fram Sauce' with 'You Won't Be Satisfied' (the latter has been included here as a bonus).
Although they scored a hit on the latter track, they wouldn't return to the studio together until
four years later. On August 25, 1950 they recorded 'Can Anyone Explain' and a second hit,
'Dream a Little Dream on Me'. Another studio session was made that year, and four titles were
cut: 'Necessary Evil', 'Oops', 'Would You Like to Take a Walk' and 'Who Walks in (When I
Walk out)'. This time the results were worse than on the previous attempts, mainly because
of the low quality of the songs. This would dramatically change on the three LPs they made
between 1956 and 1957, which complete their collective discography - with the sole exception
of two live songs ('You Won't Be Satisfied' and 'Undecided') recorded at a Hollywood Bowl
concert on August 15, 1956. Those memorable albums were Ella & Louis (presented here), its
sequel Ella & Louis Again and the selection of tunes from George Gershwin's folk opera Porgy &
Bess. While the latter utilized a big orchestra conducted by Russell Garcia, the first two albums
were made in a small group format. And what an incredible small group! The Oscar Peterson
Trio, featuring Herb Ellis and Ray Brown (who had been Ella's husband) received the addition of
drummers Buddy Rich (on the first album) and Louie Bellson (on the second). The results: some
of the most fascinating jazz music ever produced.

Label: Vinyl Lovers
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 40 mins

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